Singapore’s only prestigious photography award is here again. The ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu is Singapore’s first-of-its-kind juried award aimed at recognising the artistic achievements of photographers in Singapore. Back for the second year, this year’s public profile exhibition showcases the crème de la crème of Singapore’s arts and photography society. The eight nominees this year include: John Clang, Ang Song Nian, Zhao Renhui, Tay Wei Leng, Sean Lee, Genevieve Chua, Wee Kheng Li and Chua Chye Teck, all of whom have held exhibitions both locally and internationally.

Winner of ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu 2011 will be announced in June. Winner will receive a S$30,000 in prize money, the largest amount of money to be awarded to a local photographer. The award recipient will also be presented with the opportunity to showcase their work in an art book as well as an all-expense paid trip to Cognac, France. The other two finalists will each receive S$8,000 in recognition for their talents.

The eight shortlisted nominees were nominated by Singapore’s notable figures in the arts and photography community. They are Emmeline Yong, Partner of Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking; Milenko Prvacki, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at LaSalle College of the Arts; Dr Eugene Tan, Programme Director (Special Projects) at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB); Seng Yu Jin, Curator at The National Art Gallery Singapore; as well as Sherman Ong, photographer and filmmaker, and winner of the inaugural ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu competition held last year.

Artitute was honored to be part of their launch in March, held at Saint Pierre, The Restaurant. We are also honored to interview the nominators, Emmeline Yong, Seng Yu Jin and Sherman Ong for our upcoming video. Check out photos of our part 1 the behind the scene making of the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu video interview.

At the meantime, catch the eight shortlisted nominees works at Millenia Walk, from the 12th to 22nd May.

Exhibition Details
Event Name : ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu 2011 Profile Exhibition
Location : Millenia Walk, The Great Hall (Central Atrium)
9 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039596
Date/Time : 12 – 22 May 2011, 11.00am – 9.00pm daily
Admission : Free
Nearest MRT Station : Promenade Station
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